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RULE §103.3Licensure by Credentials

(a) In addition to the general qualifications for licensure contained in §103.1 of this chapter (relating to General Qualifications for Licensure), an applicant for dental hygienist licensure by credentials must present proof that the applicant:

  (1) Is currently licensed as a dentist or dental hygienist in good standing in another state, the District of Columbia, or territory of the United States, provided that such licensure followed successful completion of a dental hygiene live patient or hands-on simulation clinical examination administered by another state or regional examining board;

  (2) Has practiced dentistry or dental hygiene:

    (A) For a minimum of three years out of the five years immediately preceding application to the Board; or

    (B) As a dental educator at a CODA-accredited dental or dental hygiene school for a minimum of five years immediately preceding application to the Board;

  (3) Is endorsed by the state board of dentistry that has jurisdiction over the applicant's current practice. Such endorsement is established by providing a copy under seal of the applicant's current license and by a certified statement that the applicant has current good standing in said jurisdiction;

  (4) Has completed 12 hours of continuing education taken within the 12 months preceding the date the licensure application is received by the Board. All hours shall be taken in accordance with the requirements for continuing education as mandated by Chapter 104 of this title (relating to Continuing Education); and

  (5) Has successfully passed background checks for criminal or fraudulent activities, to include information from: the National Practitioner Data Bank, the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank and/or the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse for Disciplinary Action.

(b) Practice experience described in subsection (a)(2) of this section must be subsequent to applicant having graduated from a CODA-accredited dental or dental hygiene school.

Source Note: The provisions of this §103.3 adopted to be effective September 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 9003; amended to be effective October 7, 2009, 34 TexReg 6851; amended to be effective May 19, 2010, 35 TexReg 3814; amended to be effective May 29, 2013, 38 TexReg 3345; amended to be effective June 25, 2020, 45 TexReg 4199; amended to be effective November 24, 2022, 47 TexReg 7684

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